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As a young and learning sailor, I intend to learn Celestial Navigation. One of the aspects of sailing that I love is self reliance, and as someone on a budget I have to be very self reliant at sea. Being able to navigate without electronics and just the heavenly bodies is a skill I have been very excited to learn

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Being self reliant is a good thing, and I practice CN but there is this grumpy old guy here on Sailnet ( no not Sway, Cam ) who thinks it's a waste of time. He has a dozen GPS units.

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Thanks guys...you woke me up from my nap with all that prodding.
As for my opinions...See posts 101,103,107,112,118,123,130,133,135,136,139,141,15 0,156,164,169,172,
176,178,195,198,238, 244, 253

I believe they fairly summarize my opinions. Indeed I am planning on incorporating them into my next book which is presently being composed under the working title of:
"Never discuss Celestial with those who never leave the sight of land! "
And ...Y'all can bite me!
Denby...it seems some things bear repeating!

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I won't diss the GPS crowd, but I have had GPSs go out on me more than once and It was and is a good thing that I could and can navigate by coast piloting and Celestial.
So for those of you who depend on the GPS 100% of the time, I highly recommend that you learn coast piloting and Celestial navigation and practice both contenuously. Then when the GPS does gives up the ghost, you are not left out on a limb or in the lurch.

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I, too, am a fan of CN; as I was taught "the prudent navigator does not rely on any single means of navigation, but heeds all the navigational data available". Having said that I also believe CN is not the ultimate backup, always available. On a trip from Atlantic City, NJ to Cape May, NJ with a weather forecast of clear weather we were socked in with fog for nearly the entire trip. CN and coastal navigation were not possible with visibility of 20 feet; so without the GPS it would truly have been "brown pants" time. With GPS and radar it was still nerve-racking.

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Thanks guys...you woke me up from my nap with all that prodding.
As for my opinions...See posts 101,103,107,112,118,123,130,133,135,136,139,141,15 0,156,164,169,172,
176,178,195,198,238, 244, 253

I believe they fairly summarize my opinions. Indeed I am planning on incorporating them into my next book which is presently being composed under the working title of:
"Never discuss Celestial with those who never leave the sight of land! "
And ...Y'all can bite me!
Denby...it seems some things bear repeating!
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unless I see it wrong, the topic is being discussed for about 7 years...
It should be truly fascinating and probably, the tread covered everything it could be said about then.
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Good things like CN continue to hold value to those who wish to investigate them. Besides I wasn't on the net 7 years ago.
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I, too, am a fan of CN; as I was taught "the prudent navigator does not rely on any single means of navigation, but heeds all the navigational data available". Having said that I also believe CN is not the ultimate backup, always available. On a trip from Atlantic City, NJ to Cape May, NJ with a weather forecast of clear weather we were socked in with fog for nearly the entire trip. CN and coastal navigation were not possible with visibility of 20 feet; so without the GPS it would truly have been "brown pants" time. With GPS and radar it was still nerve-racking.
You mean that you don't have a cloud splitter attachment for your sextant??

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You mean that you don't have a cloud splitter attachment for your sextant??
Better yet, how about an "artificial celestial sphere"? It would be a big dome with the sextant at the center with an LED display on the inside that shows the current sky without cloud cover or light pollution. It could even show the celestial equator and the horizon. It would use GPS to figure out exactly what the sky should look like from your position....
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